But what happens when you get a new book by one of your favourite authors and you think it's bad, and not just a little bit bad but horrible, boring, crappy, etc.?
That's exactly what happened to me recently. I got the new book by one of my favourite authors and was shocked by how lousy it was. At first I was speechless and completly baffled that this author, whom I love (loved?) because of his engaging writing style, great characters and interesting storylines, could write such a horrible story full of one-dimensional, unlikable and stupid characters, combined with a boring writing style and a storyline with holes big enough to drive through. Plus the author used several of my pet peeves, for example he seemed to have lost the interest (and respect) in his own characters and described characters from some of his former books in a ridiculous way.
I wish I had never read this book because it makes me so sad and mad. It's normal to not love all books by an author, however because I actually loathe the book this author doesn't belong to my list of favourites any longer. And in this special case I feel bad because I recommeded the series the book is part of to other readers.
In the future I will think twice before getting and reading another book by this author. I will keep his older books and also continue to reread my favourites by him, but in the back of my mind I will always have to think about this one horrible book. So this one book overshadows everything for me.
Maybe my taste in books has changed or maybe the author changed his writing style in a way that no longer works for me. In the end thinking about the whys and wherefores is pointless because this one "bad" book has changed everything for me.
BTW, I know that when I think of a book as horrible others may find the same book to be great, hilarious, entertaining and so on. My taste in books is unique, just like everyone else's is (that's why I'm talking about "the author" and won't use his name).
Has one "bad" book ever spoiled a whole series and other books by an author for you?